Aircraft restorer Pete Regina is a rare bird. He also likes to work on them.
This former TWA "Mechanic of the Year" built his first plane, a Piper Cub, in his Reseda yard in 1966. He had it towed to Van Nuys Airport where he persuaded a retired pilot to teach him how to fly. Since then, Regina, who works for himself, has rebuilt numerous planes, including a World War II British Spitfire which is now at the Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio.
His latest project has been rebuilding one of America's premier fighters of World War II: a P-51 Mustang.
Known as "the Cadillac of the Sky," this P-51 Mustang (Army serial number 45-11471) was one of the 16,000 built during World War II. They each cost about $68,000 to build, but they're worth $1 million now.
About 149 were still flying when Regina put one more back in the air. The plane was a wreck when Regina first saw it in 1984. He and a crew had used parts of it to build a racing plane.